When planting a seed, orientation is not important. A force called geotropism ensures the seed can react to gravity, so no matter the seed’s orientation, the shoots always rise to the surface. Cool, right? Believe it or not, humans also exhibit this behavior. Even though this past year feels like we are buried upside down, the forces we can’t see are pushing us back towards the sunlight.
This year’s shutdown of in-person events has caused artists everywhere to take new measures to stay connected with fans and bring everyone the show experience we are all missing. Virtual sets have been the primary reaction for many, and there’s been no end to the creativity being implemented by all artists making the best of a bad situation. We’ve seen rooftop sets, underwater sets, river cruise sets, and lots of interesting green screen technology. Here we recount some of our favorite usages of artists showcasing a different kind of “green” screen.
Blanke x Digital Mirage
Featuring approximately nine clay pots and three hanging baskets, this Digital Mirage set demonstrates Blanke’s passion for music and for keeping house plants alive. The transitions are smooth, and the Spider Plant is a nice compliment to the Boston Fern and Peace Lily. Those are some damn good-looking chloroplasts. In addition to establishing a strong position in dance music, Blanke puts his roots down as a budding horticulturalist as well.
KOAN Sound – Garden Party Stream
Alright, before you start with the whole, “but you said the other kind of green screen” thing, let me just say that I think we can still find appreciation in KOAN Sound’s use of both natural and synthetic green screens here. The impressive growth is no doubt the result of countless hours in the greenhouse. Like any botanist worth his fructose will tell you, finding the perfect ratio of phosphorous to potassium in your bonemeal requires time and patience. You’ll definitely grow a few stinky cabbages before you can sprout a fireweed.
Matoma – Digital Mirage 2
Are those trees swaying, or is it just windy? People say moss grows on the north side of the rock, but if your name is Matoma, then that moss be rock and rolling. These funky house vibes will have your ears feeling like they’re photosynthesizing in no time. Matoma, one word of advice though – forest sets are typically reserved for Canadians, so I recommend you call ahead next time. There might be a form for you to fill out.